Whitstable FC
Football Academy

Full time education and sports development programme

No tuition fees for 16-18-year olds

Whitstable, Kent


Combine your passion for football with a 2 year full-time football and education programme, and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience which will push you to achieve your best and set you on the path to establishing yourself with the industry.

September 2021

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 4 GCSEs Level 4-9, preferably one being English or maths.

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 5 GCSEs Level 4-9, including English and maths.

Up to 168 UCAS points* available (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
*Request a prospectus below for full breakdown of UCAS tariff points.

This programme is government funded.
You will not need to pay tuition fees but other costs may be applicable.



Your Education

You will study a nationally recognised qualification in sport, delivered by SCL. 

Year 1 - Complete an NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity
Year 2 - Complete an NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

Where required, you will also study maths and/or English GCSE or Functional Skills.

Request a prospectus below for 2020/21 course information.

SCL Education & Training are the UK’s leading independent provider of education through sport.

  • We are a government funded education provider
  • We are experts in sport and education delivery with over 20 years’ experience
  • We are creating the next generation of sports professionals
  • We are working in partnership with 70+ football, rugby and cricket clubs nationwide
  • We are nationally recognised for high quality information, advice and guidance

NCFE Diploma

Developed with employers in mind, your NCFE qualification will combine a mix of practical and theoretical learning.

This qualification is designed to be taken by those wishing to progress to a career in the sport and physical activity sector and aims to provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the sport and physical activity sector.

Your NCFE Diploma will:

  • Use a range of delivery methods across all units
  • Provide you with realistic insights into the world of work and opportunities to improve your performance
  • Provide you with a range of learning resources to support with your studies
  • Provide optional units to complete, depending on your personal interest or career aspirations
  • Offer a variety of progression routes and help towards entry criteria for university application

Your Football

During your education and football development programme, you will benefit from:

  • Full-time training from UEFA Qualified and professional background coaches
  • Full Player Analysis using state of the art VEO system, tracking players in training and matches
  • Regular appraisals to monitor development both on and off the pitch
  • Pathways into American Scholarships, New Zealand, Australia, Spanish and Portuguese Professional Football
  • Opportunities to play in competitive matches against semi-professional and professional teams
  • Play in the FA Youth Cup
  • Compete in the National Youth Alliance league (the highest standard of academy football out of U19 academy football) also compete in the SCL Youth Development League
  • Tracked by Titan fitness vests
  • Individual plans for gym workouts, stretching routines, injury prevention, nutrition guidance
  • Progression into Whitstable town mens reserves and first team
  • Progression into semi professional and professional football

Whitstable has an established history of developing semi professional footballers from its local community. We aim to create as many educated and talented athletes as we can to push into the Whitstable FC first team and even higher.

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further information will be given by your Tutor upon acceptance onto the programme.

Your Future


Successful completion of your study programme will provide you with the option to apply for university. As part of your weekly tutorials, you will receive support and guidance with your UCAS and student finance applications.


If you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within the sport and leisure industry.


Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing meaningful employment. This will form the basis of your tutorial sessions, in addition to the academic monitoring and target setting.


Studying with SCL provides you with the opportunity to study and train full-time with Whitstable Town FC Academy while competing in weekly competitive matches in the highest league outside of U19 academy football. There is opportunity to progress into semi-professional and professional football and even play professionally abroad in the following countries, Spain, Portugal, USA, New Zealand etc. We have close connections with the USA Scholarship routes which is a fantastic opportunity to train full-time and attend university at some of the best universities in America. We also offer an optional Year 14 one year programme (3rd Year) in Level 3 Gym Instructing and Personal Training run by Rob Horswell Training.

Your Application

A member of our SCL Student Services Team will then be in touch to provide more information about the programme and book you onto an education interview, if eligible.

Your telephone interview is your chance to find out more information about the programme and ask any questions that you may have.
An SCL Tutor will be using this time to find out more information about you and collect important information in preparation for your enrolment onto the programme.

Following your telephone interview, if eligible, you will receive a conditional offer to start the programme in September 2020.

We will be in touch with you to arrange your next steps, which will give you the chance to find out more about the sport element of the programme.
This will be either a phone call with the Academy Manager or Coach or a training session, dependent on government restrictions being lifted.

We will review your qualifications and work with the club to confirm your acceptance onto the programme.
You will then be enrolled onto the programme, and we will look forward to seeing you in September!

Your Team


Josh Algar is a UEFA B Qualified coach with over 8 years coaching experience and 18 years football playing experience. Josh is a current Millwall Football Club scout and the current Whitstable Town Football Club Reserves Team Manager. Josh has a vast background in the football industry and was signed to Professional Club Leyton Orient FC for three seasons. Josh trialled at the following Premier League Clubs when he was younger: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Reading. This gives him fantastic knowledge to pass onto his players, who are trying to make the big step into professional football.



Josh White is a UEFA B qualified coach with over 8 years coaching experience at various academies across Kent and South East London, while also managing a Kent Youth League U16’s and U18’s side. Josh is also a current semi-professional player in the SCEFL league and is well respected within non-league level of football.


Martin Sebbage is the academy’s Education tutor who has over 14 years teaching experience. Martin attended the University of Chichester completing a BA (hons) sports studies course as well as holding Level 5 Diploma in Teaching and Further Education. 



Bailey Is a experienced coach across Kent. Bailey is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and is the academies strength and conditioning coach. His role is about improving players fitness levels, upper body strength and ensuring our players become athletes, that are able to cope with the physical demand of football. Bailey also currently plays for semi professional club Canterbury City.


Course Location

Education: Whitstable Town FC, 3 Belmont Rd, Whitstable CT5 1QJ
Training: Herne Bay Sports Hub, Thanet Way, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7PG

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider

Whitstable FC & Football Futures

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.